Asha Kiran: Where male staff monitor women changing, sick made to work in a shelter home :- Asha Kiran – the Delhi government’s shelter for women of unsound mind in Rohini, which has recorded 11 deaths in the past two months. In this shelter, about 450 women and children were living, but the capacity of the shelter home is 350.
Inmates are forced to change clothes in the open, while male staff members monitored surveillance cameras rigged on the walls.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal made her night long inspection of Asha Kiran Home for the Mentally Retarded. This shelter is run by the social welfare department of the Government of Delhi.
Within a span of more than 12 hours from Saturday night to Sunday morning, she witnessed a litany of human rights violations. Her team saw the video of naked women recorded by the CCTV cameras.
After the inspection, Chief of DCW – Swati Maliwal said that the inmates were being forced to sweep, wash clothes and look after fellow inmates. A woman was helping other boarders take a bath. Kanta who is an employee was getting her legs massaged.
At cottage number 2, the DCW chief saw children sleeping in the cold. No mattress and any other types of the blanket were provided because of bed-wetting.
No psychologist is provided at the shelter home. A psychiatrist visits twice a week for a few hours. The DCW sought details of the 11 deaths along with copies of the autopsy.
Swati Maliwal said that I am shaken after spending the night there. We will ensure that serious action is taken against those responsible for the condition of the home.